This is a very important holiday to many people. For some it is fun and enjoyable time as they gather together, possibly enjoy a game of football and eat until one’s heart is content.
For others who have lost loved ones, have to work (which sucks), endure chaotic family members, or even plan to do some early shopping for Christmas, it’s a cause of anxiety.
Well in case you love to know the back story about everything, like myself, check out this cool brief synopsis of the holiday. There are plenty of fun facts that just might surprise you…
Whether it is about the bottom line or not, I believe there is something to be said about Mall of America and their courageous decision to not open on Thanksgiving. Although retailers will have the option to open independently on their own, I love the fact that they have made this about their employees.
“The Bloomington megamall notified employees and tenants Wednesday morning that it is reversing course this year and will close down as many of its operations as possible on the holiday” (Kumar, 2016). One of the main reasons, to give their employees the opportunity to spend time with their families.
I have often felt bad for employees who had to wake up and drag themselves into stores early on Black Friday (or by 12 am), but the growing trend of opening earlier on Thanksgiving in my eyes is becoming more and more about greed than allowing those employees who prefer to give thanks with family (or not) to decide if they really care to be bothered. Unnecessary stress and anxiety, all for the “almighty dollar”. What’s your thoughts? Am I reading too much into this?
Kumar, K. (6th October, 2016). Star Tribune. Mall of America takes bold stand by closing on Thanksgiving this year.
To increase one’s individual and organizational understanding of different cultures we have in this blog posted a link to information regarding Yom Kippur. This is an important holiday in the Jewish religion and to employees in your organization of the Jewish faith may have observations and cultural mores that will need attending to!
Therefore to not only recognize these employees of the Jewish faith which in turn increases Organizational morale but also the knowledge of the other stakeholders in the organization to the practices of the coworkers. Not only for HR reasons, but also to make sure the individuals feel a part of the organization’s community at large.
Please check out this information on history.com about Yom Kippur!
To increase cultural awareness in the workplace it is great to have an understanding of various faiths, cultures, and holidays. Here’s some information on the “Rosh Hashanah” holiday to understand how those employees of the Jewish faith celebrate their New year! Enjoy!